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  1. whims commented on FoxTrot about 1 month ago

    It’s the trigonometric tangent function: in degrees, tan(135)=-1, etc….

  2. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics 3 months ago

    He hasn’t heard about the work the advertisement department at Google has done with self-driving billboards?

  3. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics 6 months ago

    Also wrong kind of ground, but much tastier than the respective alternatives.

  4. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics 8 months ago

    Overpowered characters, magic items, and monsters aren’t unusual when children Jason’s age play D&D, and ad hoc rule extensions are traditional anyway, so having Jason not only be a “munchkin”, but an absurdly over-achieving one using ridiculous but consistent rule extensions might be an intentional gag.

  5. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics 10 months ago

    His loop counts from one, not zero, so you can tell he’s more familiar with another language.

  6. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics over 1 year ago

    LegalEagle48 has it right: in American English, one syllable for ‘poem’ is valid (if not always preferred, according to Merriam-Webster Collegiate 10th ed.), and haiku would be two syllables.

    I wonder if the pronunciation of poem is one of those distinctive regional variations….

  7. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics over 1 year ago

    He prefers radical figure skating…

  8. whims commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 1 year ago

    I do all of that today with recent innovations: Amazon offers hardcovers, accepts payment with gift cards, and delivers to a local Amazon Locker. Thought-provoking, lasting, and anonymous. Non-trivial to do, though. Dad is averse to something more specific than “the future”.

  9. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics over 1 year ago

    According to the University of Wisconsin meteorite page, ‘all but the largest meteors’ slow down to 100-200 mph (the terminal velocity of the rock) and ‘go dark’ as they pass through the atmosphere. A fast pitch is about 100 mph, so if the rock is small enough, the catcher’s mitt would work (except that a cold rock falling at 100 mph out of the night sky would be impossible to see…it would have to hit his mitt purely by chance).

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  10. whims commented on FoxTrot Classics almost 2 years ago

    So this would be his inner voice of rationalization. It’s easy to get those confused.